CNA Inks Deal to Acquire Hardy Underwriting for $227 Million

March 22, 2012

Chicago-based CNA Financial Corporation and Hardy Underwriting Bermuda Limited announced that they have agreed to terms on a cash acquisition by CNA of all of the common shares of Hardy.

“The acquisition is to be implemented by way of a merger under the Bermuda Companies Act,” said the bulletin. CNA will pay approximately $227 million for Hardy’s common shares. Under the terms of the agreement, Hardy shareholders will be entitled to receive 280 pence (app. $4.44) for each common share. The acquisition price values Hardy’s entire issued and to be issued share capital at approximately £143 million ($227 million).

“We are delighted to have reached this agreement,” stated Thomas F. Motamed, CNA’s Chairman and CEO. “Hardy is a specialist insurer and reinsurer with a respected brand and a long and distinguished history of disciplined underwriting in the Lloyd’s market.”

He added that “while Hardy’s recent results reflect the extraordinary level of natural catastrophe losses across the global insurance industry, the Hardy franchise is built on a strong foundation and has a bright future. The proposed Hardy acquisition significantly expands CNA’s global capabilities and aligns well with our specialized underwriting focus.

“Hardy and CNA share similar underwriting and management philosophies. We are pleased that Barbara Merry, Chief Executive, and Patrick Gage, Director of Underwriting, will continue to lead their outstanding team,” Motamed continued.

The announcement also noted that the “proposed transaction has been approved by the board of directors of both companies. Subject to the approval of Hardy shareholders, regulatory approvals and other conditions set forth in the agreement, the acquisition is expected to be completed during the second quarter of 2012.”

Source: CNA Financial

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